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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Tiips on handling wedding guests suffering from alcoholism

Being a wedding planner for 19 years now I have definitely ran into my share of interesting experiences at client weddings.  One that has brought to my attention on more than one occasion is when a bride comes to me and tells me that she has some guests that are struggling with alcohol addictions.It is always sad to hear this but as her planner and to make sure the event runs smoothly this is a task that I need to make sure gets handled professionally. I have been asked many times to work with the bartenders at these events to not serve these guests. The clients have provided me with photos and what table the guest is sitting at so they can easily be identified. It is sad to have to police them like this but the bride is concerned for them and wants to help them so unfortunately this has to be handled by a professional TIPS certified bartender licensed in the state of Michigan.

You can learn more about what it means to be a TIPS certified professional here
There are many reasons why your staff needs to be certified from knowing how to spot a minor overpouring to unfortunately cutting off a guests.

There are many treatment centers available nationwide where individuals can seek and get the help they need to overcome this addiction one is  located  in St. Augustine, Florida alcohol rehab.

Since couples usually don't opt for dry weddings having guests on your list with these addictions should be a concern for not only their safety but so the event can be smooth and not get out of hand if someone drinks that shouldn't.

Photo by JS Photography

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Why Travel to Jacksonville for Vacation

Looking for a honeymoon destination or great warm vacation spot? Dubbed the “River City by the Sea,”
Jacksonville, Florida sits at the intersection of the St. John’s River and Atlantic Ocean. In terms of landmass,
Jacksonville is the largest metropolitan area in the continental United States - with over 80,000 acres,
400 city parks, seven state parks and two national parks. Fortunately, the city’s urban landscape does
not overshadow the natural beauty of its beaches, waterways and recreational areas. Even though Jacksonville
is currently undergoing an economic boom, its cost of living is still well below the national average.
Consequently, Jacksonville has quickly become an affordable yet luxurious destination for those looking to get away.

With more than 20 miles of coastline, Jacksonville is a dreamland for any water sports enthusiast.
Its various uncrowded beaches, waterways, lakes and marshes support activities from surfing to fishing
to kayaking. During the summer, the gentle waters are great for hosting surf lessons, while the larger swells
in the fall and spring attract several open amauter surfing contests - namely, The Wave Masters every May.
In addition to its pristine beaches, Jacksonville has 1,100 miles of interior shoreline that not only supply anglers
with a variety of fishing options (e.g. freshwater, saltwater, deep sea, fly fishing), but also allow convenient water
access for kayakers and paddleboarders. According to the locals, the best view of Jacksonville is from the water.
Due to its geographic location and diverse makeup of residents, Jacksonville is beginning to develop
its own unique sense of cuisine. Its restaurants do a proper job in paying respect to their Southern
heritage as well as utilizing its coastline; primarily, catering barbeque, “soul food,” and coastal cuisine. With fish
camps, gastro-pubs and food trucks littered throughout the city, finding a good eat has never proven to be a hassle.
Although Jacksonville’s cultural identity is still evolving, the “camel rider” - a sandwich tucked into pita complemented
by a tabbouleh salad - and shrimp with grits are considered to be signature dishes of the city.

Coupled with its maturing food culture, Jacksonville boasts six breweries and several craft beer bars.
Making it safe and easy to hit all of these spots, companies such as Jax Brew Bus and Jax Ale Tour
offer transportation services between these locations and the beach. Today, Jacksonville’s craft brewery
scene is quickly gaining momentum and recognition - which should come as good news for anyone looking
to quench their thirst after a long day under the Floridian sun.

In addition to popular sights and restaurants, Jacksonville is home to numerous professional sports
teams. Although the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League and Jacksonville Armada
FC attract the most spectators, there are other minor league teams worthy of attention - that include
the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp (Double-A baseball), Jacksonville Sharks (arena football) and Jacksonville
Axeman (semi-professional rugby).

Jacksonville, Florida is best to visit from March to May or September to November. Avoiding the summer months
will allow you to escape the heat as well as the height of tourism which often comes with higher prices.
In short, the city is a one stop shop. From breathtaking views by the water to satisfying eats around every corner.
For some, weekend getaways are not enough as pleasant weather and positive vibes keep bringing them back.
With approximately 500 neighborhoods, homes for sale in Jacksonville, FL are easy to come by if you are
looking to stay for the long-term.

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Thursday, April 19, 2018

Getting Married Can Cause Anxiety

You’re excited to spend the rest of your life with your partner, but it can also cause you anxiety to think about being with the same person forever. Remember that feeling anxious before getting married is natural. It’s a big deal to choose someone that you will be committing to being with indefinitely. Also, remember that being with someone you love and adore is a warm feeling that is the opposite of loneliness. Finding someone to share your life with is a beautiful thing. You can confide your secrets in them, share your hopes and dreams for the future and start to build a life with this person. You made a conscious decision to be with your partner for many reasons. You love that person, you feel comfortable with them, you feel understood by them and they add value to your life. That’s how you know you’ve made the right decision to get married when your partner-to-be enriches your life and makes you feel good.

You might not be aware, but your partner might have similar fears to yours. You’re nervous about tying the knot, and so are they. But if you don’t talk about your fears with one another, you might not realize that you have similar concerns. Maybe they’re slightly different than your worries, but you still have trepidation about getting married. Having an open and honest dialogue about your feelings can help you better understand one another and connect.

However, it might be difficult to face your fears about marriage. You might be concerned that expressing them to your partner will hurt their feelings even if that’s not what your intent was. This is a great time to consider pre-marital counseling. Whether you’re working with an online therapist or going to a therapist’s office, pre-marital counseling can help you and your partner get on the same page before you’re legally wed to each other. A licensed therapist who is trained to work with couples can guide the two of you down the right path. This person is dedicated to helping both of you feel more comfortable becoming an official married couple.

There are many things to discuss in pre-marital counseling, such as do the two of you want to have children? Do the two of you want to stay where you are or move to another city or even another country? There are so many things that the two of you can talk about in the presence of a therapist. Use the opportunity to express your individual opinions and if there are disagreements, let the therapist help you work them out.

People often think of couple’s counseling as something that happens after you are married for a long time and your relationship is going downhill. This doesn’t have to be the case! You can create the solid foundation for a relationship before you get married by talking things out before you say “I do.” A pre-marital counselor’s job is to help the two of you see one another’s perspectives and fortify your bond before you are officially a married couple. You will come out of these therapy sessions feeling unified, and hopefully, the anxiety you felt about getting married will have lessened. Wishing you a happy wedding!

Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Quartz, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, and Good Day New York.

Sarah is a native New Yorker who enjoys naps, talking to strangers, and caring for her two small humans and two average-sized cats. Like six million other Americans, Sarah lives with panic disorder. Through Stigma Fighters, Sarah hopes to change the world, one mental health stigma at a time.

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Monday, April 16, 2018

Italian Elegance Portrait Styled Shoot

Excited to share some images from our Portrait Styled Shoot. Thank you to all the vendors that contributed and our model.

This styled portrait shoot was inspired by the Photographer’s love and heritage of Italy and the traditional style portraits he has inherited from his grand parents and great grandparents from their Italian weddings. Wedding Planner, Tracie Morris of You’re The Bride worked with Killer Creations Photography to design a simple but elegant look against grey, black and white backdrops.

Mixing patterns is a popular contemporary trend, whether in home decor or in fashion and clothing, and also seen on desserts. The Pastry Guru decided to pull inspiration from this trend as a complementary contrast to the romantic, vintage feel of the rest of the shoot.We wanted to blend new age with old age by bringing a modern style to the cake while still making sure to tie it into the shoot by using colors from the jewelry that also complimented the jewel tones in the floral.

Our model Sam wore stunning sapphire jewels provided by The Reaver Diamond Company. Sam's makeup is a blend of fresh, timeless, and elegant. Flawless, hydrated skin balances a gentle smoky eye created with warm taupes, sooty liner, hints of antique gold, which keep the emphasis on her rich, bordeaux lips. Her hair was swept into a simple, voluminous, coiled chignon with soft pieces around the face to accentuate her neck and keep the emphasis on the details of her gown.

Dior Bridal Salon provided the ivory gown called Ambrosia, which is a quintessential Casablanca, with its glamorous tulle A-line skirt that is tightly ruched, and a soft sweetheart neckline. The heavily beaded basque waist bodice is mirrored with lighter beading along the hemline of the skirt.

Her bouquet of jewel tones in many gorgeous flowers consisting of Queen Ann’s Lace, Stock, Spray Roses,Delphinium, Israeli Ruscus and more in a handcrafted bouquet from Blumz. A garland in many of the same beautiful flowers was used to accent the antique chair and love seat that she so eloquently posed in.


Dior Salon-dress @diorbridal
Crystal Drake-Hair and Make-up @cdrakeartistry
Killer Creations- Photography @killer_creations_photography
You’re The Bride-Styling and Coordination @yourethebride and YTB intern @christy_aho
The Pastry Guru-Cake-Jonathan @pastryguru
Blumz-Florist @blumzbyjrdesigns and @christa_elizabeth_
The Reaver Diamond Company -Jewelry
 Model - Sam @samanthajbrowne

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Saturday, April 14, 2018

Custom Star Maps

Wouldn't it be great to give a gift to a couple getting married that is unique than all the other items they will receive off of their gift registry? Everyone gets a crock pot, toaster, towels but this these custom star maps are a fantastic idea for your next wedding or any special event!

There are so many moments that change your life forever, from the birth of a new baby, a first kiss, when you unite in marriage and many more. Giving this custom wall art is a great way to make that special person in your life remember it forever!

These come is many sizes from 8x10 up to 24x36 and can be printed on stretched canvas or museaum quality matte paper to create a beautiful unique piece for you or your guest of honor!

The company uses a very detailed star database with hundreds of thousands of starts, and find out what the sky looked like or will look at the exact time and place. Then, you select your style  ad color and place your order. The print will arrive in a few business days. Exciting! Check out the website and place your order here

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Lonely? Here are Five Cures for a Lonely Life

Being invited to a wedding when you don't have a plus one can be depressing for sure. People are lonelier than ever. The number of people with no
close friends has tripled in recent decades. If you feel lonely on a regular basis, have a hard time finding community, or wish you spent more time with
friends, take heart. Finding a reliable social circle takes work, but there are some ways to improve your loneliness right away. Some are quick,
some take effort, but each one will leave you less lonely than before.

Take a Break from Social Media

If all your “social interaction” is online, you might not realize how few people you know personally. Remember that the internet can actually
stunt real relationships. Try taking a break from the internet, and see how many of your friends still text, call, and hang out in person.
This is your primary circle of real friends, and you should make an effort to see them in person, skype, or interact in real-life ways.

Stay in Touch with College Buddies

If you had strong friendship connections in college, but distance is keeping you apart, start putting serious effort in connecting.
Once or twice a year, get a vacation reunion together. You can have crazy good times with a vacation rental on Mackinac Island,
or a campsite that’s an equal travelling distance for everyone. Do group Skypes, or call each other up on a regular basis.
Real connection is possible, even when you’re far away.

Get a Pet

People are great, and you definitely need a human social circle. However, if you want to come home to love and loyalty, a pet is the perfect
cure for your loneliness. A happy dog or a cuddling cat cures your blues in minutes, so checking out a business like Florida Puppies Online
might be the perfect place to start looking for a home-based buddy.

Join Active Groups
Once you’re out of high school and college, it can be hard to meet people. Instead of failing to meet new friends, try to find social circles where
you can meet new people. A church group, a volunteer group, a trivia night community, or a gaming group could all be great ways to meet people
your same age, in your same line of interests.

Pursue Friendships

You’re not the only one looking for friends. You’re also not the only one who’s lonely. While it can be hard to set up these friendships at first, find other
people who are actively looking for community. Start small and welcome others in. If you keep pursuing a friend and they’re just not responding,
don’t waste your time. Start pursuing friends who want to spend time with you. Plenty of people will.

When it comes to curing loneliness, things probably won’t get better overnight. Instead, really eliminating loneliness takes real relationships,
and those can be hard to find. Don’t get discouraged! There are dozens of awesome people, as awesome and as lonely as you, looking for friends.
Intentional community can be a challenge, but if you commit to it, soon, loneliness will fade away.

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Top Tips for Building a New House

Some newlyweds decide to build a house after and sometimes even before the wedding. Building a new home is a liberating experience,
but it takes considerable effort and professional assistance. To help you on route to building a successful home, this article has been written
to provide inspiration and advice. If you’re a first time home owner who is looking to build their home, you might want to seek the help of
home builders in Queensland. They can educate you regarding sustainable designs and trends, and bring you one step closer to achieving the home
of your dreams.

Here are some top tips when building a new house:

Don’t Throw Away Plots
There are few ideal plots to build on, so it’s important not to turn down opportunities. If a plot presents itself, you should take advantage
of it immediately. Otherwise, you might drive past the plot in years to come and envision how things could have been different. Every plot
has downsides, but what’s important is its potential. You’ll never find the perfect area, so it’s best to not be too fussy.

Educate Yourself
It’s a completely different landscape to how things used to be. As a builder there are new regulations, disciplines, and attitudes, and the industry

has an entirely new vocabulary. With various new innovations and regulations, it is an ever-evolving environment that requires extensive knowledge.
By brushing up on modern trends online, you’ll be better equipped to start your building journey.

Budget Effectively
It’s important to work out your budget before you begin, configuring exactly how much you can afford to spend. This will determine the type of plot
you can buy, and the construction materials you can feasibly afford. Though there is a scope to borrow money, be stringent because you don’t want
to put yourself in a detrimental financial position at the expense of extravagant spending. Know your limitations and spend accordingly, otherwise you’ll
be stressed by the end of the process.

Think to the Long Term
Consider how long you want to stay in the home. If you intend to move on at some stage, don’t invest everything into the property, and keep an eye on the
market. If your home is going to be everything in your life for years to come, then you should pump more into it. If you intend on retiring there, this will change
proceedings and encourage you to do everything in your power to perfect and customize your plot.

Keep the Neighbors On Side
New development is usually frowned upon in the neighborhood, especially considering people don’t welcome change. Hostility is common in these situations,
so to sweeten the deal you can smooth things over by introducing yourself to the neighbors. Reassure them you’ll do everything in your power to appease them,
whether that’s shaking their hand or having a straightforward conversation. Though you’ll temporarily be upsetting the status quo, in years to come your presence
will become the new status quo, and if you stay on good terms with the neighbors it will make your life a lot easier.

Photo Credit: Geneva Simons Photography

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Saturday, April 7, 2018

Catering Ideas for Vegans for Wedding Receptions

Veganism has become a lifestyle trend for many people. Vegans avoid consumption of all animal products in their diet. Till a decade back, it was a rather unusual occurrence to see an all vegetarian or an all vegan buffet at a wedding. However, with recent rapid changes in society and mindset, veganism as a lifestyle has been adopted by many people the world over. Today, there are a plethora of options that are available on vegan menus.
Even if you aren’t vegan, having a few delicious vegan options on the wedding buffet would be a good idea for your vegan guests. After all, you do not want anyone to feel left out or awkward at your wedding. A few well-placed signboards indicating vegan specialties are sure to bring a smile on the faces of your vegan guests.

I personally attended an eco-friendly wedding recently and from the setting right down to the wedding rings everything was sustainable, natural and organic. Of course, this also accounted for the catering! I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and deliciousness of the vegan food options available. Much to my surprise I didn’t even miss the non-vegetarian options and instead partook in the celebration with equal, if not more, gusto! The couple was vegan, but many of their guests were not. The guests couldn’t wrap their heads around the idea of not having eggs, fish, meat, poultry, dairy, or even honey! The couple still went ahead with a vegan menu as a platform to showcase their lifestyle and a similar mindset. The wedding food, needless to say, was a smashing success!

Let us look at some catering ideas for vegans in wedding receptions.

Speak to your caterer in advance:
Speak to your caterer well in advance and have an upfront conversation about ingredients that you wish to have and those that you don’t. Ideally, a caterer that has the facility to separate vegan cooking from one that cooks with animal products is ideal to avoid a mix up on the day of. Being candid about this conversation is as important as deciding which dishes you will decide upon.
Make inquiries about vegan cakes:
Before you finalize the dishes, go for a cake tasting with your partner to decide which vegan cake you would like. Vegan cakes can be made with almond flours and without adding dairy products like butter and cream. Instead search for vegan bakers that offer cakes like carrot and cream cheese vegan cakes, almond cakes, vegan chocolate cakes, lemon and fig cheesecakes, banana cakes with coconut icing, blueberry coconut cakes, and so on. Follow through with your vegan wedding idea right to the cake, and you would have a wonderful vegan wedding.
Decide on the wedding menu:
While selecting a vegan menu, keep plenty of options available in hors d’ouvres, soups and salads, casual and formal entrees, and desserts. Let us look at a few options in each.
·         Hors d’Ouvres – Most people look forward to the cocktail hour when there are huge arrangements and spreads of hors d’ouvres. Have fun, appetizing, yet casual delicacies that are in tune with your vegan theme. Options like smoky avocado fries, lentil and mushroom sliders, russet potato croquettes, plantain chips with chili dips, sticky cauliflower wings, and tofu sushi are sure to be great hits. For vegan cheese platters, opt for macadamia nut brie, vegan baked cheese, vegan cheese balls, and so on.
·         Soups and Salads – Like the hors d’ouvres, soups and salads also play an important part. Options like kale and apricot salads, cold strawberry soup, watermelon and soy salads, zucchini soup, carrot bisques, spring green and walnut salads, and so on can be thought of.
·         Casual Entrees – Casual entrees can be fun foods for people who want a slightly informal affair. You could serve foods like mushroom sliders with ranch dressing, falafel with beetroot and lemon mayonnaise, baked avocado and green tacos, sweet potato mash, grilled cauliflower kebabs with coconut dips, and spinach lasagna.
·         Formal Entrees – Formal entrees are for people who prefer a formal sit down reception arrangement. Caterers can serve tofu steaks with cream sauce, saffron risottos, cauliflower piccata, grilled tofu with mushroom and white wine sauce, and so on.
·         Desserts – Apart from the vegan wedding cake, you could also serve vegan ice creams, puddings, mini pastries, and sorbets. Banana ice cream, raspberry and peanut truffles, ginger cookies with vegan frosting, and vegan lime cheesecakes are a sure way to make your guests extremely happy.

Whatever you decide to choose for your vegan wedding menu, ensure that you taste everything beforehand. Select the most delicious options so that you are rest assured your guests will enjoy themselves.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Newlywed Home Decor

As newlyweds you will be faced with decorating your new home. I found a great site where you can order products to help you with your home decor task. I love this beautiful wreath that can be placed on your front door to greet your guests. Fire retardant artificial foliage -
It is a great piece that will last for many years since it is artificial but still looks fresh and inviting. It can also be used inside your home as well and added above your fireplace to add a little color and texture while bringing the outdoors in!

There are so many options to choose from like topiaries, hanging bushes, garland, tropical trees, holiday decor and much more! Be sure to check them out if you are in looking to add a little color and life to your home whether it be an indoor or outdoor face lift.


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Monday, April 2, 2018

How Your Wedding Planner and Photographer Work Together For Your Wedding

Your wedding day is exciting and the biggest day in your life. You hire professional photographers,
so you get quality memories of the “once in a lifetime” day. You take the time to find the perfect gown,
and bridesmaids dresses. Your cake is prepared by experienced and well-known bakers.

Long before you make your reservation, you set up honeymoon registries to insure funds are available
when you need them. Travel agents book your honeymoon. The biggest decision you have to make on
your own is the selection of lingerie to take with you. (You can see the latest styles here.) You are investing
in a professional wedding. So, why would you skip hiring a wedding planner? Why would you put yourself in
such a massively responsible role on your wedding day?

In interviewing professional photographers from around the country, we found that a wedding planner is
one of their (and your) greatest assets. A wedding planner allows the bride and groom to enjoy their perfect
day, without added stress. Here are some of the reasons why a wedding planner is not only desired but needed.

  • Stress
    • A professional wedding planner oversees the entire event with the eyes of experience, and allow the
    • couple to be excited about their big day. Minor issues are dealt with without frustrating the bridal party.
  • Scheduling
    • There is only so much time available during an actual wedding. There are particular times allowed for the
    • use of the venue, the reception hall, reception, and photographs. Going past those times is very costly and
    • could delay another wedding scheduled behind yours.  A wedding planner keeps everyone on schedule.
    • They allow for minor delays, and they watch out for time zappers that will throw off the schedule. When it
    • comes to the photographer, time is money. If he is delayed at your wedding, he may be forced to send a
    • replacement to his next assignment which is very bad for his reputation.
  • Experience is everything
    • Wedding planners know the needs and desires of the couple. They have a better conception of the day than
    • an inexperienced person who has not walked every mile of this wedding journey with the couple. The wedding
    • planner has her finger on the pulse of things. They work together with the photographer to make sure the schedule
    • accommodates him with things like  natural lighting, scenery shots, and adjustments as needed to give the couple
    • their perfect wedding album. In a way, they make sure he has a great venue in which to do his magic.
  • Communication
    • There is nothing worse than a wedding where no one knows what the others are doing. Well-meaning family
    • members often try to take control if they think something is being overlooked. No one knows who to communicate
    • with, so they head right for the bride and groom. This is a recipe for disaster. On the wedding day, the bride and groom
    • are a little busy. They do not have time to settle arguments or come up with ideas at the last minute. A photographer
    • could be stuck in the middle while he is losing beautiful sunset shots outside. Once lost, they cannot be recovered.

There is a huge difference between someone taking pictures and a professional photographer. There is a big difference
in someone helping with the wedding and a professional wedding planner. The difference is worth everything and shows
throughout the celebration. It is only when things go horribly wrong that you realize you needed these professionals on
your team. Hire pros for your wedding. You will be glad you did. This will allow you to spend your glorious day in awe of
the event and madly in love.  

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